Editorials

McCain left a legacy

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Not enough punishment

A New Jersey woman who used a knife to intimidate two 4-year-olds pleaded guilty several days ago — and was placed on probation. Incredible. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, directed a child care center. When the two children were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons, she brandished a ...

Time for a change of leadership

Typically, I do not write a mid-year review but as of the meeting held on Aug. 20 at town of Johnstown, it is required, due to the direct attacks that were staged between the Town Supervisor and the Fulton County Republican Committee. Note, all Board Members of the town of Johnstown are ...

Is winning a free ticket?

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will lose about $725,000 as a result of the suspensions he has served and will serve. If that seems like a lot, consider that it is less than one-tenth what Meyer is expected to be paid this year. Is the punishment for what Meyer did — or, ...

The persisting problem

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts near ...

Deterring hackers works

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation this week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

Cheers and Jeers

JEER — To the continuing and escalating tensions at the town of Johnstown and Palatine board meetings. Monday’s Johnstown Town Board meeting and Palatine’s Wednesday meeting both were argumentative and distracting from business that comes before the boards. In Johnstown, issues ...

We still must be on guard

Even as Iranian leaders were seeking Americans’ trust over nuclear weapons, they may have been plotting violence in this country. Two Iranians, Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, have been arrested by the FBI. Both are U.S. residents. The two are accused of spying on Jewish groups and ...

Consider the statistics

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Safeguarding children must be our priority

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...

Trump is right on this one decision

Even his fiercest foes ought to be able to see the wisdom of a decision last week by President Donald Trump. Apparently, some do not. About $230 million in “stabilization” funds the United States had agreed to spend in Syria will be withheld, Trump decided. Money for humanitarian purposes ...

Justice must be found

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

Let him keep the feather

It's hard to see any harm in letting Gov. Andrew Cuomo keep the eagle feather recovered on a long-ago family outing on Saranac Lake. But how to get around the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act? That obscure 1940s federal statute prohibits non-Native Americans from disturbing, taking or ...

Legislation should be separate acts

Quietly, with little fanfare, legislation made its way through both houses of the state Legislature to include bereavement leave as part of the state’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Encouraging bereavement leave is important; few will argue that we all need time to grieve the loss of a ...

Airport security needs re-examining

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

‘Fake news’ rhetoric must come to an end

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

‘Space Force’ is not quite the answer

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

We have a spending issue

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

The swamp strikes again

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Speak with one voice

High-ranking members of the Trump administration on Aug. 2 rejected one of the president’s most frequent and damaging lies — the one about Russian interference in our elections. The White House briefing by intelligence and law enforcement leaders was meant to dispel concerns of ...